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Year 1857 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 24 University of Calcutta founded as the first full-fledged university in South Asia
  • Mar 3 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China

Historical Marriages

  • Jan 10 Novelist Jules Verne (28) weds Honorine de Viane Morel
  • Jun 6 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway
  • Jul 16 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (33) weds Mary Anna Morrison in Lincoln County

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Historical Figures Who Died in 1857

  • Jan 27 Dorothea von Benckendorff, Baltic monarch of Lieven, dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Félix de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War and Finance, dies at 65
  • Feb 10 David Thompson, English-Canadian explorer (Columbia River), dies at 86
  • Feb 16 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic explorer (Kane Basin), dies at 37

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